On Anzac Day this year, the Waikato War Horse March Group joined the Civic Service Parade down the main street of Hamilton. It’s the first time so many horses have been in the march. even though riders were limited to 25. Also present were the Waikato Mounted Rifles, headed by Karl Johnstone who led the symbolic ‘Riderless Horse’ in memory of fallen soldiers. The parade was organised by Tracey Wood, Hamilton City Council’s Events Manager.
Four wranglers walked with the horses, which took about one hour.
The Waikato War Horse March riders all wore purple sashes with ‘War Horse’ written on them in white lettering, and with the dark jackets they looked spectacular.
We were all really impressed with the behaviour of the horses and there were lots of favourable comments from the crowds. The horses were also mentioned in the speeches at the Cenotaph.
Thanks to Kay Hogan for lending us the Paddock Groomer from St Peter’s School and to all our helpers on the day.
Thanks must also go to Paula Stuart Photography for the lovely photos.
Plans are under way for riders to join in again next year.